American Airlines-US Airways Merger: (Almost) Everything You Need to Know
Ok, here's a recap of everything you may want to know:
- While it's legally one company now (trading on the NASDAQ as AAL if you're the gambling type), it'll "continue to function as two separate airlines for quite some time and very few changes will happen immediately," according to a press release. "There is no impact to any existing travel reservations you may have with American Airlines or US Airways at this time, and any mileage balance or elite status you have earned in either frequent flyer program is completely safe."
- New benefits are expected to be introduced in early January, such as the ability to earn and redeem miles on both carriers and reciprocal lounge access. On March 31, 2014, American Airlines plans to join the oneworld alliance. Until then it'll remain a member of Star Alliance. At no time does it plan to join the Rebel Alliance (although it'd be really cool if it did).
- Its headquarters will be in Dallas-Ft. Worth and it'll keep a hub presence in Phoenix.
- Charlotte Douglas International Airport will become the carrier's second largest hub, after its hometown -- great news for travelers who like bathroom attendants.